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IPS on OPEN study: Refugees Bring Economic Benefits to Cities

Tharanga Yakupitiyage wrote about OPEN/Tent’s refugee study for Inter Press Service (IPS) on 20 May.

Author of a new study “Refugees Work: A Humanitarian Investment that Yields Economic Dividends”, Legrain found that refugees and migrants are more likely to start new businesses that create wealth, employ local residents, and stimulate investment. He cites the co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, whose father was a Syrian migrant.

In Berlin, a Syrian refugee co-founded MigrantHire, a recruitment platform that helps refugees acquire work permits and enter the information technology (IT) field. The city has an estimated 43,000 unfilled vacancies in the IT industry. Refugees with IT experience can therefore help the city fill in the gaps and help expand the booming sector.

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